Hierarchies of wounding: Media framings of ‘combat’ and ‘non-combat’ injury

Caddick, Nick and Cooper, Linda and Godier-McBard, Lauren R. and Fossey, Matt (2020) Hierarchies of wounding: Media framings of ‘combat’ and ‘non-combat’ injury. Media, War and Conflict. 0-0. ISSN 1750-6360

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Abstract

In this article, we examine the representational practices of British newspapers in relation to forms of military injury. Using critical discourse analysis, we studied the reporting of injuries sustained by military personnel during the height of the UK’s war in Afghanistan in 2009 – and a comparison period five years later – and concluded that representations of injured personnel differed substantially between articles reporting on ‘combat’ and ‘non-combat’ injuries. We argue that the different reporting frames work to construct a moral separation of injuries into ‘heroic’ (combat) and ‘non-heroic’ (non-combat) forms. The consequences of this hierarchisation of injury, we suggest, include the reification of ‘combat’ as an idealized form of masculine violence, the privileging of some soldiers and veterans over others as exemplars of national heroism, and elision of the day-to-day realities of military injury from public consciousness. Findings are discussed in relation to broader consequences for understanding heroism and the military.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: heroism, military injury, Afghanistan, critical discourse analysis
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
Depositing User: Nick Caddick
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2019 09:25
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:53
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705038

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